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Kushite Queen of Meroe
Aegyptisches Museum Berlin InvNr22877 20080313 Schulterkragen Amanishakheto.jpg
Bracelet from the tomb of Amanishakheto in Nubia.
Full name Amanishakheto
Buried Meroe (Beg. N 6)
Predecessor Amanirenas
Successor Amanitore

Amanishakheto was a Kandake of Nubia. She seems to have reigned from 10 BC to 1 AD, although most dates of Nubian history before the Middle Ages are very uncertain.

In Meroitic hieroglyphs her name is written as Amanikasheto (Mniskhte or (Am)niskhete). In Meroitic cursive she is referred to as Amaniskheto qor kd(ke) which means Amanishakheto, Qore and Kandake ("Ruler and Queen").[1]

The Meroe pyramids, 6 is highlighted.

Amanishakheto is known from several monuments. She is mentioned in the Amun-temple of Kawa, on a stela from Meroe, and in inscriptions of a palace building found at Wad ban Naqa, from a stela found at Qasr Ibrim, another stela from Naqa and her pyramid at Meroe (Beg. no. N6).[1]

Amanishakheto is best known from a treasure of jewellery recovered in 1834 from her pyramid in Meroe by Italian explorer Giuseppe Ferlini. These pieces are now in the Egyptian Museum of Berlin and in the Egyptian Museum of Munich.

She is known for having defeated a Roman army sent by Augustus to conquer Nubia, having broken a favourable peace treaty.


  1. ^ a b László Török, The kingdom of Kush: handbook of the Napatan-Meroitic Civilization

Further reading[edit]

  • Laszlo Török, in: Fontes Historiae Nubiorum Vol. II, p. 723-725 (Bergen, 1996). ISBN 82-91626-01-4

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